This traditional Indian dish consists of paneer, browned and crisped, served in a flavor-packed spinach sauce, created by pureeing wilted spinach with a variety of lightly toasted aromatics. Never heard of paneer? It’s a mild flavored, fresh cheese (which means it requires no culturing or aging—it’s a cheese you could make at home, similar to ricotta) popular in Indian cuisine. Paneer offers a fantastic semi-firm texture and is a great ingredient for vegetarian cooking, as it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it with and provides protein. Toasting the spices in oil adds toasty layers of flavor depth to this rich and saucy dish, and it’s a smart trick to apply anytime you’re using dried spices. Serve the Palak Paneer over basmati rice with plenty of warm naan bread for scooping up every last drop of bit.